This site was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in November 2005 because of its local significance in the areas of religion, social history, and ethnic heritage representing an important phenomnon in Southern Louisiana's history. Prior to this church building, Our Lady of Grace, Catholic African Americans in the St John the Baptist Parish worshipped at the segregated St Peters Catholic Church. As was typical, two or three pews at the rear of St Peters were reserved for African Americans, who had to take communion after the whites and were not allow to sing in the choir nor to serve as altar boys.
Historic Riverlands saved this building from demolition in 1991 and is now the Caketaker of this Historic Sanctuary. In addition to touring the building, Historic Riverlands has a 20 minute film presentation, a library, gift shop, coffee & sweet shop and Sal's Diner, boasting some of the best Creole Cuisine you have ever tasted. On the 4 acres is a buried time capsule and live demonstrations are also available for viewing.
We say "See the Sites, Feel the Spirit, Hear the Music and Taste the Cuisine as we take you back in time to witness the strength and pride of the people who lived and worked Plantation Country." Historic Riverlands is more than a tour, it is an experience and our goal for each guest is to leave with this prayer in their heart, "God, help me to love all of your creations, not just the ones who look like me!"
February 2012 this site was add as a part of Louisiana's African American Heritage trail. historicriverlands.com